SOFIA (Bulgaria), February 17 (SeeNews) - Greece's Corinth Pipeworks has completed the production of the first 62 kilometres of line pipes for the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector project - ICGB, Bulgaria's energy ministry said.
Pipes have been loaded on six trains, three of which are already in Bulgaria, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The first production lot is expected to be delivered in full in March, which will provide the gas link construction company with all necessary types and sizes of pipelines.
ICGB, the project company developing the gas link, signed contracts for the supply of pipes and construction of the interconnector with Corinth Pipeworks Industry and J&P-Avax, respectively, last year. The construction of the 123-km section of the interconnector on Bulgarian soil will begin in 2020, the energy ministry said at the time.
The pipeline, which has a total estimated cost of 220 million euro ($242.7 million), will connect the Greek gas transmission system in the area of Komotini to the Bulgarian gas transmission system in the area of Stara Zagora. The planned length of the pipeline is 182 km and the projected capacity will be up to 3 billion cu m per year in the direction from Greece to Bulgaria.
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